Feb 27, 2012


Grazing Teleconference Call-In Numbers Changed

On the second Monday evening of every month at 7:30 p.m., KRC hosts a conversation with graziers from across the state. Dale Kirkham, KRC Field staff, and Kansas State University’s Gary Kilgore and Keith Harmoney at lead this informal discussion of all aspects of grazing management.

But the call in number for these teleconference calls is changing.

The next call will be Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

To join these toll free calls, simply follow these instructions with the new number:

Dial 1-877-304-5632; followed by code:

300 346 2424#

Fanchers, farmers and educators interested in grazing can glean something from these discussions: learn how to use complementary forages to extend your grazing season, gain management tips and explore ideas to improve profitability while you responsibly manage your natural resources.

Anyone can join in the call by simply dialing in 1-877-304-5632. Then dial in the conference room number : 300 346 2424#. This will be a toll free call. You are welcome to leave or join the call at anytime between 7:30 and 9 pm.

To receive an email reminder of the call, send a request to Mary Fund at ksrc@rainbowtel.net. The call-in information is also listed on KRC’s website at www.kansasruralcenter.org/ calendar.

High Tunnel Workshop and Farm Tour Set for March 13 in Lawrence

The Kansas Rural Center and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops (KCSAAC) are sponsoring a High Tunnel Workshop and Tour on March 13, 2012 at Moon on the Meadow Farm 1515 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, Ks. Jill Elmers, owner/operator of Moon on the Meadow Farm, a certified organic vegetable, herb, and small fruit grower, grower utilizing 4000 square feet of high tunnels will host a tour at her farm in the morning. In the afternoon, learn methods in construction, crop production, management, and marketing from K-State Extension specialist, Cary Rivard and Lawrence area high tunnel growers at a workshop at the Douglas County Extension Office.


10:00 am-Noon: Farm Tour at Moon on the Meadow Farm_1515 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046

Noon-1: 00 pm: Lunch on your own

1:00 pm- Douglas County K-State Extension Office: Dreher Building, North Room_2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: High Tunnel Construction, Production, & Management_Cary Rivard, K-State Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist

2:00 pm-4:00 pm: Farm Panel_Dan Nagengast- Wild Onion Farm;

Stephanie Thomas-Spring Creek Farm,and Dan & Mary Howell-Howell Farm.

The tour and workshop are free to the public. But please pre-register by March 10. To register go to the KRC website at www.kansasruralcenter.org/calendar

or contact Natalie Fullerton at 402-310-0177 or southcentral.olf@gmail.com.

High Tunnel Construction Workshop Scheduled for March 24

Learn how to construct a high tunnel by assisting in this hands-on demonstration! From the ground up, experience techniques used to erect a 20' x 96' Zimmerman Hoop House on site. Jen Humphrey and Jessica Pierson own and operate The Red Tractor Farm, a diverse vegetable, goat meat, and egg farm near Lawrence, KS.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with construction led by Cary Rivard- K-State Extension Vegetable & Fruit Crop Specialist, who manages several high tunnels and high tunnel research at the Olathe Experiment Station. Lunch Speaker will be Dan Nagengast- Owner of Seeds from Italy and Wild Onion Farm, and experienced high tunnel farmer.

Since this is a hands-on workshops, bring or wear work clothes, closed toe shoes, gloves, hand tools such as cordless drills, and a water bottle. Though optional, please feel free to bring a dish with serving utensils to share for a potluck lunch.

The workshop is free to attend. To register, go to www.kansasruralcenter.org/calendar; please pre-register by March 2. For more information contact: Natalie Fullerton at 402-310-0177 or southcentral. olf@gmail.com , or Jen Humphrey at 785-550-4906 or jhumphrey1@gmail.com.

Livestock Producer Management Practices Workshops Planned for April 2

Livestock producers in the Milford and Tuttle Creek Watersheds are invited to attend one of two meetings that will focus on Best Management Practices for livestock operations.Meetings will be at the Linn American Legion, 100 5th St, Linn, KS, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. and the Marysville City Building, 209 N 8th, Marysville, KS, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on April 2, 2012.

Confined winter livestock feeding operations often contribute to high levels of bacterial contamination in streams from November to May when livestock are brought closer to home for feeding. Unfortunately, significant storm events wash the manure and churned topsoil into local streams-contaminating the water and washing away topsoil and valuable nutrients.

With a few changes in herd management and feeding procedure, the manure and sediment that relocates from feeding sites to streams will be greatly reduced.

The workshop presentations will offer alternative winter feeding possibilities that improve health and decrease the harmful impacts on farm and ranch water sources. Speakers include Dale Strickler on "The ABC's of Extending the Grazing Season and Amazing Benefits of Cover Crops"; Dr. Joel DeRouchey, KSU, "Water Still Runs Downhill-- Taking Topsoil, Sediment, Nutrients, and Bacteria"; Will Boyer, KSU Watershed Specialist, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Winter Feeding - Site Relocation and Options"; Josh Roe, KSU, and Barbara Donovan, Tuttle Creek WRAPS Coordinator, "Watershed Opportunities" currently available to producers in the watershed.

Please register by noon on Friday March 30 for meals (and handouts) by calling:

Washington County Extension 785-325-2121; Marshall County Extension 785-562-3531;or Mary Howell at marshallcofair@ gmail.com, or 785-562-8726.

The meeetings are sponsored by the Milford WRAPS and the Tuttle Creek WRAPS watersheds. #

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